Russell: Level: 1 foot low. Temp: Mid 50s. Clarity: Clear.
Bass: Tournament angler Kerry Partain reports, “The fishing is as good as it gets right now for all species. We have been catching a lot of fish on a jigging spoon and a drop shot in 20 to 30 feet of water. Most of the bait is at the mouths of the creeks and coves, so the bass are bunched up feeding heavy for the winter. This time of the year the bait is key, so I move around using my Lowrance electronics to find large concentrations of baitfish. If the feeding activity slows, I will drag a Carolina rig or a jig through brush or timber to pick up a few less-active fish. For this, a good sensitive rod is important, so I use a 7-foot Dobyns rod to detect those light bites in thick cover. As we head into the new year, fishing should continue to be good as the bait and bass bunch up in their winter patterns.”